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November 2, 2018

Let the Circle Be Unbroken: My Mother’s Vienna

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Before my seven-year-old mother watched Hitler screech from a balcony and the adoring throngs shout “Heil Hitler” back; before she was chased down the streets by boys shouting “Jew! Jew!; before her parents had their bakery confiscated by the Nazis...

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October 22, 2018

Utter Rubbish: Discovering Treasures in Nature

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Each day during the summer break, as we played outside or walked in the woods, they had gleaned little handfuls of “nature,” which were carried back to the classroom and placed carefully on our already overloaded nature shelf. Yes – we had the best...

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October 4, 2018

Seven Back-To-School Habits for Your Family

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Set aside at least one night on the weekend when everyone is committed to being at home. Our family tradition is “Friday Fire” – we leave the homework and celebrate the week that’s past and look forward to the weekend. We gather around food and fire...

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August 20, 2018

Five Reasons Why Campfires are a Really Good Thing for Your Family

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It’s been said that technology is the campfire around which we tell our stories. If that’s true – and I, for one, beg to differ – then we’ve settled for a pretty lousy substitute. When I say campfire, I mean the real, live, dancing-flame deal. The...

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